I know that all of you will jump on this. I have started my second HTPC build. My first HTPC build occurred in 2006. And that system was upgraded with an NVidia based 8200 motherboard and AMD Athlon II-64bit Dual Core 4600+ CPU in 2008. With the upgrade my first build could record two HDTV streams while watching a recorded TV show. And it can also play Blu-ray movies. It streams Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon without any problems. The biggest problem with the first build is the fan noise. The system has 750 GB storage Except for the TV turner card I’m leaving the system intact. Yes I said it plays Blu-ray movies. Since the system is now more than 5 years old, I have decided to build a new system.
So the new HTPC for the 21st Century is:
The case uses heat-pipes to cool the CPU, so there is no more fan noise to deal with. Except for noise generated by the hard-drive and Blu-ray player, the system will be silent.
The following is a list of components that I have ordered.
1) Streacom, FC5-OD-EVO-Silver case.
2) 150W PSU-250mm cable +150W AC/DC converter
3) ASRock FM2A75 Pro4-M FM2 AMD A75 (Hudson D3) HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard.
4) AMD A8-5500 Trinity 3.2GHz (3.7GHz Turbo) Socket FM2 65W Quad-Core
5) CORSAIR Vengeance 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800).
6) Seagate Barracuda, 7200 1 TB 7200RPM SATA 6 Gb/s NCQ 64MB Cache
7) PAN-UJ-265, Panasonic Slim Blu-ray Writer SATA (Slot Load
8) Windows 7 64 bit
After much research, I decided on the A8-5500 Trinity Quad Core APU, so that I would have plenty processing power for future growth. I selected the motherboard based on a comparison review of the A75 vs. the A85X chipsets. The review comparison basically showed no performance difference between the two chip-sets, thus I decided on the lower cost option.